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Binoculars Binocular Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 Binocular, Black (71009)
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- The SkyMaster series of binoculars have multi-coated optics and high index BaK-4 prisms for superb light transmission and increased contrast and resolution
- The Celestron Skymaster model has been designed and engineered to meet the special demands of extended astronomical or terrestrial viewing sessions. Carrying case included.
- It features a sturdy, shock-resistant construction made of solid, lasting materials and superior-grade lenses ensuring optimum
- Limited Lifetime Warranty provides best protection and product support on the market.Long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers
- Ultra sharp focus across the field of view Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 22.1 x 10.92 x 27.94 cm; 1.49 Kilograms
- Date First Available : 13 November 2017
- Manufacturer : Tasco Sales Australia
- ASIN : B00008Y0VN
- Item Model Number : 71009
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The SkyMaster series of binoculars have multi-coated optics and high index BaK-4 prisms for superb light transmission and increased contrast and resolution. Coupled with large objective lenses, BaK-4 prisms offer amazing light gathering capabilities making them ideal for stargazing and other low-light applications. With higher magnifications than standard binoculars, SkyMaster 15×70 brings celestial objects up close, providing images with outstanding detail. View the heavens and the world around you with the SkyMaster Series. 15x magnification porro prism binocular Ultra sharp focus across the field of view Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing Protective rubber covering for ultra-firm grip Large center focus knob for easy focusing Tripod adapter included Long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers Carrying case included for travel and safe storage
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FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Large Objective Lens
Large 70 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light conditions.
15x magnification is great for both astronomical and terrestrial viewing.
Can be mounted on a tripod for steady, hands-free viewing.
Quick & Easy Focusing
The large center focus dial makes sharp focusing quick and easy.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Comfortable & Eyeglass Friendly
Soft, rubber eyecups are comfortable to use and can be folded down for use with eyeglasses.
Durable and Armored
The rugged, armored exterior provides protection as well as a secure gripping surface.
Multiple Accessories Included
Objective lens cap, rain guard, tripod adapter, carrying case, neck strap, lens cloth, and instruction manual all included.
|Field of View (degrees)||4.4°||2.7°||3.7°||5.3°|
|Field of View (feet @ 1000yds)||230||141||195||278|
|Diopter Range||-4 to +8||-4 to +8||-4 to +8||-4 to +8|
|Close Focus Distance (feet)||52.5||102.5||106.3||47.2|
|Eye Relief (mm)||18||13||18||17|
|Environmental Protection||Water Resistant||Water Resistant||Water Resistant||Water Resistant|
NEVER look directly at the sun with the naked eye or with a telescope/binocular/spotting sope (unless you are using the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.
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Comes with a decent case and lens protecting caps.
At times this is all you need in a product, just works :)
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When I choose bins I rarely go for anything where the focus doesn't divide into the object lens size by at least five times (just my estimate). These are 15 x 70, so just under that BUT the exit pupil is large, so you get lots of light through. They are never going to be as bright as my 7x42 bushnell of course, but nor will my bushnell get the distant these give! All the same, at 15 x 70 the image is still nice and clear. I can't really see why you would go for 20x or more because of the loss of light, unless you get an object lens of 100 or more, which would be really big!
Anyway, I bought mine mostly for watching the killer whales and harbour porpoise that swim along the coast near my house, and maybe to see what more distant neighbours are up to, sorry, I mean stars and stuff. Trying them today, they have been perfect. I have actually NOT tried these for astronomy as yet, but I'm sure I will.
Weight wise, they are heavy and they are big in length, the main body is pretty much in keeping with a 10x50 pair of traditional bins. Though, using them mostly for watching sea life and birds means that I scan the ocean with my eyes and then use these to focus in on detail. If I was to keep them at eye level all the time, it would be a real test of strength! So I've no doubt I will look at a tripod.
So Tripod? Yes, if you are going to use these for extensive periods of time, and something good, not your standard £9.99 aldi type. The adapter that comes with it, as already been said by others, is pointless. Get another one, they are pretty cheap anyway. I really wish they would just drop that in the package and improve the case, or use the saving on some other area of the bins.
Technically, I guess I'm lucky, I have had NO collimation issues from the box, they were perfectly aligned. Overland viewing gives no fringe, not sure with astronomy stuff as that is not really my field.
Focusing is a little stiff at the moment, though I'm used to that with new bins, so I expect they will loosen up.
The carrying case is pretty basic, no, the carrying case is very basic and will offer no protection from bumps whatsoever. I guess when you make a decent pair of bins, you have to cut costs elsewhere; celestron have done the cost cutting with a naff neck strap, near to useless carry case and a very useless tripod adapter. BUT don't let that put you off. The binoculars themselves are excellent.
So in short, large, but bright, and a great price for a decent set of binoculars. Very pleased with the purchase.
The new binoculars arrived in perfect working order. They're heavy (and I'm someone who does weight-training at least three days a week), but the vision they give - at least during the daytime - is excellent. Quite fabulous for observing birds, wildlife etc - and I'm not even a birdwatcher (although I might turn into one now!). In fact I took them with me up a hill in the Pennines earlier in the week and I could see for miles at the top.
However, I originally got these for observing the night sky, which was a bit risky as most astronomy buffs don't recommend anything above 10 x 50 for handheld devices. However, having previously owned a pair of very good 10 x 50 binoculars, these are a tad better. I've been pleasantly surprised with the results. They're more than decent for tracking stars (on a clear night you'll see more than 10 x the number of stars you'd normally see with the naked eye alone), and the moon is very crisp and clear (I've just spent the last two nights observing this month's full harvest moon).
Overall, a good product with equally decent vision and build quality. A tripod might be a good accessory, especially for nature lovers on a day out in the countryside. For star-watchers, I would use these as an ancillary to a more powerful telescope (which is exactly what I plan on doing next).
1. View and zoom is good if you are accepting it as a realistic person.
2. Price was ok, though lower prices are possible!
3. Better than the equipment I have mentioned above. No science in figuring that out!
4. Came we well packed though I am sure I got a used piece. Multiple tape marks confirmed this. The binos were clean though!
1. Heavy blurring of stars and planets gives a frustrating experience!
2. Heavy equipment, which may benefit your muscles though! Long time use may surely do neck and back damage. Tripod is a must!
3. Lighting around in a metro city messes the overall experience
Setting expectations in a polluted metro:
1. Jupiter will be seen a bright white dot with 4 moons seen as fine and faint dots next to it it. Just like a thermocol ball.
2. No, you can't see the red spot on Jupiter!
3. Saturn is the most sought after planet. However, it looks white, blurred, elliptical and like an even smaller thermocol ball. Due to the blurring, you have to conclude that the elliptical shape is because of the rings. And no you can't make out the rings clearly!
4. The moon is bright as big as the new 10Rs coin. Craters are clear!
5. I'm yet to see the galaxies and nebulae so can't comment on it yet.
6. You can see other stars that you may not be able to see with the naked eye. In short you see more of the milky way!
7. Terrestrial views are fine and you can see good amount of details. My house is 9kms from the airport runway (as-the-crow-flies) and the detailing on the airplane tail is just fine. Easy to make out the airline. Don't expect to see waving passengers at this distance though!
What is a must:
1. Tripod!!!!! Buy the Photron Stedy Pro 560 and it works like a charm. I got it at a reduced price of 1100 instead of 2950 on Amazon which was even more fantastic. The bino to tripod docking station is plastic but I think it does the job. Reviewers on Amazon USA have suggested a metal dock, which would definitely be better than plastic. However you can stick to what you get.
2. Google Sky Map on Android is brilliant! Can't track planets and stars without it.
3. A good phone that you can focus on the eyepiece to click pictures. Makes silly pics, but then can surely show people what you saw! I use the Note 5.
4. Painkillers, if you go without the tripod for extended viewing.
5. Don't wear your cap the other way while viewing else you may be mistaken for a sniper!
Check the pictures to see how the planets look. Please excuse the blurred white circle (in between which should not be mistaken for some astro object) and also the quality! These pictures are very crude representations of what you see and the real view is slightly better. I still need to test these in a less polluted and lit area and I'm sure they will do their magic!
Verdict: You may buy if
1. Your expectations are not very high.
2. You can wait for reduced prices if not in a hurry. As I type my review, these binos are retailing for 10,048.
3. If you need to buy it, Amazon it is!
Finally, I hope the review helps you make your choice!